Before he died, Felix Castor's fellow exorcist John Gittings made several calls asking for help, and if Castor had answered them, John might still be alive. So when a smooth-talking lawyer comes out of nowhere to claim the remains, Castor owes it to John's unhappy ghost and even more unhappy widow to help out.
If only life were that simple.
A brutal murder in King's Cross bears all the hallmarks of an American serial killer supposedly 40 years dead, and it takes more good sense than Castor possesses not to get involved. He's also fighting a legal battle over the body - if not the soul - of his possessed friend, Rafi, and he can't shake the feeling that his three problems are related. With the help of the succubus Juliet, paranoid zombie data-fence Nicky Heath, and a little judicious digging, Castor just might have a chance of fitting the pieces together before someone drops him down an elevator shaft or rips his throat out. Or not.
©2009 Mike Carey; (P)2009 Tantor
"Every bit as good as the better-known Jim Butcher, Carey hits his stride with his third hard-boiled supernatural thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
I agree with the previous reviewers of "Dead Men's Boots" -- Mike Carey writes superlative supernatural noir, and he keeps getting better with each entry in this series. I understand that he has written two more episodes -- "Thicker Than Water" and "The Naming of the Beasts" -- that have yet to come out in audio. As soon as they do, I will be downloading them. "Dead Men's Boots" has just the right mixture of suspense, humor, and horror; and Michael Kramer voices them all with a consummate actor's excellence. You can listen to this novel as a stand-alone story; but I recommend listening to its prequels -- "The Devil You Know" and "Vicious Circle" -- first, because they each set the stage for the subsequent stories. Mike Carey writes intricate, complex plots; so that -- although he does fill in the backstory we need -- having listened to the whole previous adventure provides a much richer and more entertaining experience.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
yes, the world is gritty and realistic. Everything is well thought out. The characters are well developed and you really care about what happens to them. There is enough mystery involved to keep you guessing.
The closest would be the Peter Grant series as both are very British and relatively low magic levels to the world.
I like Nikki Heath. you have to love a paranoid, conspiracy nut zombie.
This was a real page turner.
A always the author does keep to his own formula. The stories all start out slow with a couple of minor unrelated incidences that turn out to actually be related to the main story. You do have to be patient for the first part of the book but the payoff is more than worth it.
Mike Carey writes paranormal mystery like a ninja throws shurikens. The themes in this book are dark and disturbing. Carey balances this novel with his patented dark humor. Carey's writing skills are on a level not matched by many authors of any genre. They only thing that would be better is more Felix Castor novels.
I enjoyed the story & reader (I will go through the whole series, compulsive person as I am...), but someone needs to have a "talk" with the production audio engineers. Out of the 100s of audio books I've listened to - this is the first that has had studio noise on it!
I understand some performances do foley sound, but the phone ringing in the background in chapter 11 (@ 06:42) is pretty distracting ... :/
Performances are rarely perfect, but you really can "fix it in post" and these books are not cheap.
I loved every minute of this wonderful series and I didn't want this third and last book to end. I simply adore these characters---Felix and Juliett and everyone.
Michael Kramer is a wonderful narrator---absolutely perfect.
Love this book! Love this series!
I LOVE all the Felix Castor series on audio!! Micheal Kramer brings out the best of Fix......There are 2 more Fix books -book 4 & 5......PLEASE GET THEM ON AUDIO!!! AND SOON
It seems to me that Mike Carey just keeps getting better with his Felix Castor novels. This one is at least as good as the two previous titles, and if you enjoyed them you are sure to love this one as well. The plot is perhaps slightly tighter than in the earlier books, but to even try to describe it would be to give too much away for the reader.
Michael Kramer's great narration also merits a strong recommendation, as he manages to make both men and demons sound believable and menacing without becoming corny.
Now all we can do is to wait for The Naming of the Beasts to come out as an audiobook.
This, like the first two was a fantastic listen. Michael Kramer is as good a narrator as Mike Carey is an author. I've actually gone and looked for more Michael Kramer narrated books b/c I enjoy his voices so much.
As for this book, another perfectly woven tale with extremely well developed characters. If you liked the first two in this series, I think this one is the best yet.
Having listened to this one, I now wish I had not purchased the rest of the series. I purchased these on a "recommendation." I found of the characters lacking substance. And the story lacking something that I just couldn't put my finger on. Would like to return series for credits.
I feel kind of bad for comparing this series to the Dresden Files, it's just that it's my Urban Fantasy Gold Standard. In the story we are introduced to Felix Castor who is an exorcist. He doesn't recite any rites or preacher the word of good, instead he plays a recorder to remove bad spirits.
There are many concepts that are immediately familiar for any Urban Fantasy fan Werewolves, demons, and supernatural powers all move the story along with a hunger for more.
Dead Men's Boots is a chaotic book. Both the overall plot and the long standing plots of the series are laced into a latace of great story. If you read other reviews of this books one might note that the audio versions of the Felix Castor series stop here. With as much as goes on during the story that it will drive you absolutely nuts to wait for the next book. Credits be damned! One might just have to pay full price for Thicker Than Water, the next book in the series.
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